Executive Director, Charlotte - Apply by 8/31/2017
Across Charlotte, we aspire for every student to have an empowering education. To that end, we are seeking an Executive Director to work towards this vision and to maximize Teach For America's impact. We aim to build a movement of teachers (corps members) and alumni impacting thousands of students growing up in poverty. The Executive Director will inspire and motivate his/her team while creating a culture of excellence, urgency, and core values alignment – balancing our short-term work and long-term efforts in the community.
To realize the vision of growing and deepening our impact, the Executive Director will maximize our funding base of more than five million dollars annually; set the vision and direction for a movement of nearly than 600 corps members and alumni and a staff of 24; and will play a critical role in the education reform movement taking place across the state.
Teach For America's Executive Directors are part of the national senior leadership team at Teach For America and are at the forefront of improving the state of education in this country, impacting the future of thousands of children. The Executive Director for Teach For America-Charlotte reports directly to the Executive Vice President of Regional Engagement and will partner with a dedicated local board to work within Teach For America's evolving operating model.
About Teach For America
The vision of Teach for America (TFA) is that one day, all children in this nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education. TFA works towards this vision by enlisting, developing, and mobilizing our nation's most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence. Since its founding in 1990, TFA has grown to include 52 regions with over 5,000 incoming corps members annually, in addition to an alumni base of more than 40,000 former corps members who have collectively reached over two million students.
About Teach For America-Charlotte
We are seeking a new leader for the Charlotte region – one committed to this unique place and the aggressive pursuit of excellent educational opportunities and options within it. The next ED will inherit a team that is proud of its ongoing and intentional work to operate a core values-centered enterprise and one that is determined to fuel a strong and grounded local movement for educational equity. Over the past few years, the Charlotte team has focused intensely on articulating the defining principles for its work. These principles – referred to internally as the region's "alternate future" and "big bets" – follow and should resonate with the new ED.
Teach For America-Charlotte is working to create a future in which every child in Charlotte will say, "I am on the path to the career of my choice or to the college of my dreams because of my school." This alternative exists in stark contrast to Charlotte's predicted future of schools, which is that they will only be providing opportunity for some students.
Teach For America-Charlotte has committed to executing against the following big bets in service of this alternate future:
- Developing strong teachers to be transformation agents
- Operating with honesty and integrity by holding ourselves and leaders accountable to students and families
- Acting as a community convener to raise the systemic issues that most impact students
In this spirit, and with the help of this team, the TFA-Charlotte ED is responsible for building the force of leaders who will close the opportunity gap for our region's students in both the short-term and the long-term. S/he will be charged with setting vision and direction for the region and ensuring that our commitment to these values – with particular attention to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness – remain at the heart of this work.
Set the vision and direction for TFA-Charlotte as a partner and leader in the state's education community by:
- Charting the course for the region and creating a clear, compelling, community-based vision that is grounded in the landscape's opportunities, needs, and problems
- Investing stakeholders in this vision
- Supporting the work of teacher leadership development to create a larger, more effective force of transformational teachers
- Developing a comprehensive strategic plan with outcomes and targets to achieve this vision
- Being the face and voice for TFA-Charlotte in local and statewide platforms
- Establishing national and local networks of education leaders to understand best practices in education reform and how to maximize those best practices in the local landscape
Influence others to achieve outcomes in service of this vision by:
- Seeking, listening to, and discerning diverse perspectives to formulate informed opinions
- Acquiring firsthand community experience to deepen insights and approaches
- Navigating and leveraging structures and relationships to gain support
- Acquiring knowledge of political and policy landscapes to deepen insights and approach
- Demonstrating adaptability in approaching and communicating with diverse audiences to cultivate support and inspire action
- Anticipating where conflicts may develop and surfacing, managing, and resolving conflict proactively and constructively
Provide cultural leadership to TFA-Charlotte by:
- Building and maintaining a culture that is grounded in our five core values – transformational change, leadership, team, diversity, and respect and humility – in partnership with staff, corps members, and alumni
- Exemplifying our core values in all actions with all internal and external constituents
- Creating an environment that fosters diversity and inclusiveness
Lead fundraising efforts and engage and cultivate stakeholders by:
- Deepening our political capital and fundraising capacity to ensure that TFA-Charlotte is a meaningful part of the educational fabric of the community
- Focusing on significantly growing and diversifying a sustainable funding base that will include gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations, and districts
- Being responsible for a current budget that exceeds five million dollars
- Cultivating new and strengthening existing relationships with public officials and organizations that are statewide in nature – ranging from district partners, higher education institutions, education non-profits, and civic/social justice organizations – to maximize our scale and impact
- Partnering with a regional advisory board that will help to maximize TFA-Charlotte's impact, narrative, and sustainability in the region
Provide executive management to TFA-Charlotte by:
- Attracting, hiring, and developing a team of diverse and talented staff members
- Ensuring that the proper infrastructure exists to maximize performance of all people and resources
- Managing a team (including through layers) to reach ambitious goals, especially goals that lead to our breakthrough results of:
- A connected, inclusive, supported, thriving community of corps members, alumni, and staff contributing to a powerful movement
- Corps members, alumni, and staff who have a consistently strong impact for kids both inside and outside of the classroom
- A large, diverse, and influential force of corps members and alumni working for educational equity and excellence
- Executing the fundamentals of not-for-profit management, especially board management, fundraising, and fiscal management (growing a diversified and sustainable funding base, monitoring the fiscal health of the region, and engaging TFA-Charlotte board members to maximize impact in the region)
Make decisions and demonstrate judgment as the leader of TFA-Charlotte by:
- Exercising good judgment when facing new challenges and viewing situations through multiple lenses to weigh options and consequences
- Leading with integrity in ambiguous and/or paradoxical situations
- Constructing decision-making processes to engage multiple perspectives at the appropriate times to move work forward
- Enacting a suitable, timely course of action when making decisions
- Significant leadership experience (minimum of 7 years) managing a high-performing team towards ambitious outcomes with financial accountability in a complex, mission-driven organization
- Demonstrated ability to mobilize people and to create champions in support of an organizational mission to strengthen our fundraising efforts
- Preferred experience building and/or working in partnership with a board of directors, in addition to possessing a strong understanding of the roles of the Executive Director and the board
- Outstanding interpersonal skills and an ability and desire to develop and maintain deep relationships with a variety of diverse constituents
- Energy and enthusiasm to learn about the local community and its many unique stakeholders: community partners, elected officials, legislators, and staff at the state level, in addition to school district officials and school board members, investing them in the path forward for TFA-Charlotte
- Excellent strategic thinking skills to understand and lead in a complex environment
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Strong alignment with, passion for, and commitment to the mission and values of TFA
- Sense of urgency around accomplishing goals and objectives
- Strong sense of self-awareness and understanding of one's strengths and areas for development
- Commitment to exploring issues of race, class, and privilege
- Ability to deal with ambiguity and conflict
- Excellent judgment and sound decision-making skills
- Willingness and ability to learn about the Charlotte education landscape and establish oneself as a key partner in the local movement to fight educational inequity
- Ability to work some evenings and weekends
- Ability to travel within the region daily and ability to travel to in-person meetings in various U.S. cities quarterly
To be considered for this role, you must submit an online application. Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the link to the online application. For more information, please contact [email protected] or visit www.teachforamerica.org/about-us/careers.
Benefits and Salary
Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included. Learn more at
Commitment to Diversity and Equal Opportunity Employment Policy
Teach For America encourages individuals of all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort. Learn more about our diversity on staff:
Teach For America is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics (or those of a family member) or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
This job description reflects Teach For America's assignment of essential functions and qualifications of the role. Nothing in this herein restricts management's right to assign, reassign or eliminate duties and responsibilities to this role at any time.
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